Spiritual Gifts


Mark 16:17 • Acts 2:1-13 • Acts 10:44-46 • Acts 19:1-7 • 1 Corin. 12:10, 28, 30 • 1 Corin. 14:13-19, 26-28



A Holy Spirit-empowered ability to (a) speak with God in a spiritual language for purpose of praise and intercession, (b) to receive and/or interpret spiritual language for the benefit of the church, (c) speak/understand a foreign language not previously known. 


Common Characteristics

  1. An ability to speak fluently in a language never formally “learned”
  2. An ability to speak in a special language without understanding what the words mean
  3. An ability to understand an unlearned language and communicate the message to the church
  4. An ability to interpret a timely message spoken by God and explain what it means
  5. A hunger for deep connection and intimacy with God
  6. A strong commitment to prayer
  7. A desire to submit completely to God and to be used as a messenger of God’s word
  8. An attract to and desire to communicate the gospel to a different culture


Ways to Grow in Christ’s Likeness

  1. Speak  in public only when an interpreter is present to explain the message in a way that is edifying to the body
  2. Recognize there is no expectation in the Bible that this is a gift every Christian must possess 
  3. Remember that everything in the church should be done in a fitting and orderly way
  4. Understand that all gifts, including these, are intended to edify others
  5. Examine your motives before speaking to be sure you’re articulating God’s desires and not yours
  6. Acknowledge the authority of the Bible as the measurement of a true word from God
  7. Submit to the law of love and avoid using your gift in ways that create divisions
  8. Seek confirmation in smaller settings before using your gift publically

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